Gert to become hurricane, second disturbance could be Harvey

15 August, 2017, 00:48 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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The National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Gert, the seventh named storm of the season, is not a threat to the United States or Bermuda as it is moving away from land. Early Monday, it was located parallel to North Florida, about 475 miles west, southwest of Bermuda. The storm system is moving north-northwest at 9 miles per hour.

Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Gert to remain at least 250 miles away from the Atlantic coast, but that's still close enough to produce swelling that will boost wave heights and likely increase the risk of risky rip currents, forecasters say.

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There are no coastal watches or warnings for Tropical Storm Gert as of Monday morning.

The storm should to strengthen over the next 48 hours and could become a hurricane by Wednesday, forecasters said.

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The system is expected to turn northeast away from the US, possibly becoming a hurricane before losing it's tropical characteristics over the cooler North Atlantic.

If it becomes a hurricane, Gert would be the second of the season.

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